Nine Indian students facing deportation because their India-based education agents submitted fraudulent documents are campaigning to stay in the country.
The students have taken sanctuary in an Auckland church and are refusing to leave the country after Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse declined a request to cancel their deportation order.
Each student had paid about $20,000 to arrange for visas, only to discover after arriving in New Zealand that their supporting visa documents had been forged by agents in India.
The Unite Union and the Migrant Workers’ Association have been leading the campaign to allow the students to stay.
Speaking in support of the campaign, Sandra Grey, TEU national president, said
“unfortunately this is what happens when you open up the tertiary education system to the international market. Education is simply bought and sold like any other commodity and in situations like this it is students that suffer. The government should take responsibility for the poor systems that allowed the fraud in the first place and allow these students to stay.”